West Uvean numbers

How to count in West Uvean (Fagauvéa), a Polynesian language spoken on Ouvéa Island in Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers
1 tahi
2 lua
3 tolu
5 lima ('hand')
6 tahi hona tupu (1+5)
7 lua hona tupu (2+5)
8 tolu hona tupu (3+5)
9 fā hona tupu (4+5)
10 lua a lima ('2 hands')
11 lua a lima ma tahi, tahi a koje
12 lua a lima ma lua, lua a koje
13 lua a lima ma tolu, tolu a koje
14 lua a lima ma fā, fā a koje
15 lua a lima ma lima, lima a koje
16 lua a lima ma tahi hona tupu, tahi a hano
17 lua a lima ma lua hona tupu, lua a hano
18 lua a lima ma tolu hona tupu, tolu a hano
19 lua a lima ma fā hona tupu
20 tahi a tēnua, tahi enea, fā a hano
40 lua a tēnua, lua enea
100 lima a tēnua, lima enea

Sources: https://lingweb.eva.mpg.de/channumerals/Fagauvea.htm


West Uvean is the only Polynesian language with a quinary (5-base) numbers system, probably as a result of influence from Iaai. These days, West Uvean speakers often count in Iaai or French.

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